“I’m Stuck in the Airport”

“I’m Stuck in the Airport”

Originally I misread the ticket. I read the flight number instead, which was 1142 instead of the actual time of 1:52. OK, no big deal I will catch up and get some blogs done.


Finally we boarded at 1:30. We pull back from the gate and sit; we sit until 2:30. This is not a good sign. Finally they say that we are next to take off and we wait some more. Finally the pilot says we have to go back to the gate as we have an electrical issue. We were instructed that we needed to deplane in case the issue can’t be fixed. As I’m getting off the plane, there are lots of unhappy people.


As I’m heading back inside I spot the pilot and headed over to shake his hand and thank him for taking good care of us. “Wow, I really appreciate you saying that.” he said. I told him, I’d rather fly in a plane that will get us there safely. “Thank you again he said, you made my day.”


We were just told we are boarding in about 20 minutes. That means we are leaving about three hours late. I got three hours of blogging done. Life is good!


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Comment balloon 33 commentsJoe Petrowsky • September 28 2015 05:45AM


Good Tuesday morning Joe. De Plane! De Plane! Look! De Plane! Oh! not the same message. Deplane in your instance is not a good sign.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Hi Joe.  Making lemonade out of lemons works.  Glad you and Gail are safe.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 5 years ago

What a nice gesture Joe. I'm sure the pilot never expected such a welcoming statement...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Joe.  A truly concerned pilot to his passengers just as we should be with our clients.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 5 years ago

You amaze me.  You always have a great outlook on things.  Glad you made the pilot's day.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 5 years ago

Joe, great attitude in face of adversity! And kudos for complimenting the pilot! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Joe,

Some people know how to make the best of a situation and others color the air blue!

Way to give the pilot something to talk about while waiting at the next problem.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Joe Petrowsky There are always at least two ways to approach an issue. You made that pilot's day. Good flying!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) almost 5 years ago

You have a great positive attitude. I will try to blog next time there is a flight delay.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 5 years ago

Flying is a must do and no matter where we go our lives depend on the pilot & the equipment...enjoy your time.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

I'm with you, I'd rather be flying on a plane I know is safe.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

Always a positive outlook for a weary soul! Flying can make you incredibly exhausted but we always pray that the pilot is on his or her toes!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) almost 5 years ago

  Truly...better safe than sorry...sorry in the air is pretty big deal !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 5 years ago

Joe - I just plan on this when I go to the airport.  I bring my iPad and get lots done.  What's even better is on plane wifi.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 5 years ago

Joe, I definitely would rather deplane and have the plane repaired and know you get to your destination! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 5 years ago

Hi Joe,  Conrad Allen beat me to it. Enjoy your lemonade and the rest of your day.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

my last flight was seriously delayed, but I didn't get a thing done.  It was a short business trip and I just wasn't prepared for blogging at the airport.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Joe. You are a really smart guy and it was nice of you to affirm the pilots care.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for making a positive situation in a negative environment. 

And, this is a good reminder for all of us to be liberal with our praise regardless of the circumstances.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 5 years ago


Love how you made good use of your time.  Given all the travel we do, this kind of stuff happens every now and then.  Like you, I am happy that they want to make sure the plane is safe to fly in.  No one really like delays.  We end up catching up on our mail, and usually we have a bunch of blogs scheduled when we travel...We do read bunches of books.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 5 years ago

Awesome way to look on the upside of the situation. I think you thanking the pilot was exactly the opposite of what he expected, and I am sure that made his day! This is the good kind of energy we should be sharing with one another!

Posted by The Julie Morales Team, Real Estate Questions? Call (832) 367-3412 (RE/MAX Cinco Ranch) almost 5 years ago

Joe- in my book, that's called making lemonade out of lemons.  Good for you!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

I admire your positive energy - especially after a long wait and another long delay, I'm sure I would have been complaining!

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) almost 5 years ago

"Every cloud has a silver lining" as the old saying goes.   Glad you saw that in the pilot's actions.   Better on the ground than experiencing the problem when you were in those clouds.   

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) almost 5 years ago

Joe I love your positive attitude my friend.  Hope you got to where you were going safely.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 5 years ago


Today you turned a lemon into lemonade. Way to go.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 5 years ago

Everyone likes to be told they are appreciated.  There is not enough of that going around...

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Hello Joe Petrowsky 

I am sure that pilots do not hear thank you enough...you made his day and got in your blogging.  That's a wonderful day!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 5 years ago

Lucky you Joe three hours of unplanned quality time:)) Diane would have read a book and I would have been like you, blogging or catching up on client discussions...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 5 years ago

Joe, you were definitely one of the few on that plane that handled the delay so well.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 5 years ago

Hi Joe -- what a kind gesture!  

With the devices available to us today -- with an internet connection, we can communicate so easily.   You made excellent use of your time.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 5 years ago

Good morning Joe Petrowsky,

A good example of Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 's philosophy "I don't do upset." You have no control over the situation so take advantage of the time given to you and look you got lots of blogging time in!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 5 years ago

I do remember  days like that as nightmares.  I don't miss them and appreciate the wait you had

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 5 years ago